Popular singer and songwriter of the 1960s who wrote hits for country stars, as well as his own songs like "Road Hog."
He convinced the owners of a radio station where he worked as a handyman to play one of his songs on air, and the song got him a record deal.
Writing hits like 'The Pale Faced Indian' and 'Midnight Bus,' his songs were recorded by everyone from Stonewall Jackson to
He grew up in a religious family; his parents were members of the Salvation Army faith.
One of his most popular compositions, "Break My Mind," was covered by Sammy Davis, Jr., Roy Orbison, Wreckless Eric, and others.